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Have a few basic questions. Building a mess around rig, never used linux before. PC specs are 2gb ram, AMD 64 X2 4200+. 160gb drive and 7600GS card. Main intention is customization of the OS and having it be able to play music and play Silk Road online. Can I just install any XP software into linux and have it work? How would I get something like silk road working on it? Version of linux that was suggested to me was Fedora and thats the ISO I have. Any links regarding how to install and anything regarding my comments would be great Thanks guys
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Hrmm.. Fedora is a good distro. Scan around the FAQ's for the Linux Community and the Stickies. There is all kinds of information on how to install, what to install and how to get Windows programs to work in Linux.

Just be ready to do a little work to get it fully functional .
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Fedora is a little more advanced compared to Ubuntu. I recommend you use either Ubuntu or Linuxmint (the latter of which is based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian).

http://www.linuxmint.com/
http://www.ubuntu.com/

Silk Road - I'm guessing this is a game... There is no guarantee that it'll work; if it does, it will have to be done through wine (windows emulator).

Customizing isn't a breeze, and programs don't install via .exe installer files. As long as you're not expecting Linux to be windows, you'll be fine.

You need 3 key things to learn Linux. They are patience, determination, and persistence.
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Sounds like a major PIA, what are the advantages? Should I just install windows then lol ?
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Try it and see if you like it. Ask for help if you need it; we're always ready to help. Then make your decision.

You just can't expect everything to be windows, that's all.
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advantages are stability, security, and freeness. need a program? just go into your package manager and download it. there's almost always an alternative to a windows program. take your music interest for example. I installed audacity, tagtool, and songbird on my ubuntu install, and i can edit tags, edit the music itself in any way i want, and organize all my mp3's including syncing an ipod if i had one....
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first off, congratulations on breaking up with windows! meet linux! lol. installing shouldnt be too difficult/confusing, if you've ever installed an OS it should be very similar. first off (obviously) you'll need to burn the .ISO image to a disc, then reboot with the disc in to start up the install. ive never used fedora, so im not sure if it has livecd support or not, if so, choose that if a menu comes up. tinker around with programs and stuff, get your hands a little dirty and learn a thing or two. when the time comes, there should be an Install icon on the desktop - follow instructions during process lol.

next up, you wont be able to install windows programs under linux without some sort of program to tell linux how to work it. WINE is a common program that lets you do this - note that not all programs work 100% and that not everything will work. windows uses .exe for its executables, linux doesnt, its executables vary on which distrobution you are using. as for getting silkroad online working, im not sure what the linux support for it is like, you'll have to search that up a bit, if not try getting wine working and then try installing silkroad - it might not run all of the 3d stuff but it wont be terrible, i can play css in linux and it still looks pretty decent.

finally, whether linux sounds too complicated or time consuming or not, i suggest that you go for it anyway, you really dont have much to lose. if all else fails, you can still just reinstall windows and go about your life knowing that you bailed out on a sweet OS haha - guilt trip ftw. so yeah, give it a shot, you might like it, you might hate it.

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Installed Fedora on it. Love how its setup and works, kinda sucks on the 3d part. My intentions were to have this run Silk road 24/7 or occasionally play some COD4 on it. This sucks cause all the drivers needed for XP is a PIA.
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Im a Linux noobie also and i just install Linux Mint 2 days ago and i really like it.. installation was a breeze and its easy to use.. i would say go with Mint
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Im a Linux noobie also and i just install Linux Mint 2 days ago and i really like it.. installation was a breeze and its easy to use.. i would say go with Mint
I also highly recommend Mint. Fedora is a bit more advanced than Mint/Ubuntu, but it's also a little harder to use.

Mint is a great way to get started. You might have a better first experience with it.
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